committee. when i asked him to take this responsibility to serve our country and our colleagues, i said to all of you that he is a gold standard of a member of congress. he knows the policy. he cares about american people, and that drives him to do the politics to increase our numbers to pass legislation that takes us forward to improve the lives of the american people. before i bring him on, i wanted to have a representative of the freshman class to speak on behalf of the class. i am very, very honored to welcome a fighter for the middle class, a real representative of his generation, congressman- elect patrick murphy. his election -- with the other -- is a cause for celebration. his election sends a message to a new generation of americans that their voices will be heard at the table. congratulations, congressman- elect, patrick murphy. >> thank you. thank you, all, and thank you, leader pelosi, for your leadership and for being here with us. thank you, all for all of your support along the way. my name is patrick murphy from florida district 18, the new youngest member of congress. i did defeatists someone you may know -- a guy named allen west. you may have heard of him. with the help of a lot of people here behind me. thank you, all for your support. throughout this campaign the one message i heard time after time was the need for bipartisanship to reach across the aisle. that is what we need to do. we have to put our country first. what i have talked about with my colleagues is problem solvers, doing what is best for all americans. do what is best for all americans. that is what we will do. that is what our country needs. that is what i plan on doing. thank you for your leadership. thank you, chairman, steve israel, and thank you, all very much. i appreciate it.